Unfortunately, Colbert told his viewers last night that the bit had prompted Comedy Central lawyers to contact CBS and claim the character as their intellectual property, meaning Colbert can not call him back again.
If nothing else, last week's Republican National Convention brought the nation something it sorely needed, that of Stephen Colbert's return to the "Stephen Colbert" character as only the Colbert Report knew him. "I can not reasonably argue I own my face or name", he said before introducing the next best thing: "Stephen Colbert's identical twin cousin, Stephen Colbert'".
With a flair for the dramatic, Colbert/Flickerman jokes about former candidate Bernie Sanders, inhaling deeply inside the area and remarking that "the air is thick with Bernie's crushed dreams".
Stephen Colbert on Monday brought Julius Flickerman to the Democratic National Convention as part of his latest "Hungry for Power Games". I can not reasonably argue that I own my own face and name. Hello Colbert country. Stay strong. Tucked away in the woods living happily ever after with Jon Stewart was Colbert's character, host of The Colbert Report, champion of America, Her Excellency The Rev. Sir Doctor Stephen Tyrone Mos Def Colbert, D.F.A., Heavyweight Champion of the World** featuring Flo Rida La Premiere Dame De France.
"I'm happy to be here tonight to save this country and join the Late Show team", he said.
"Which is surprising", Colbert added, "[because] I never considered that guy much of an intellectual".
The Late Show host then introduced a new segment that also looked suspiciously similar to a Colbert Report mainstay: "The Werd".
Colbert has seemingly had a bounce back week as far as his reputation on late night is concerned, but we'll see how long he can carry. That's a different show. Why haven't you moved on?', " he said.
With Stephen Colbert's similarities to "Stephen Colbert", the persona, Columbia Law School's Philippa Loengard tells the Monitor that the character is not copyrightable.